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Mahmoud Abbas tells UN: Come to the defence of two-state solution

The Palestinian president urged the international community to recognise his people's right to statehood, amid expanding settlement construction

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is urging the international community to protect the two-state solution as Israel expands settlement construction.

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Mr Abbas called on states that believe in two states “to come to the defence of that solution” and recognise the state of Palestine.

“This solution must be protected from any attempt to withdraw from it it or simply disregard it,” he said.

He denounced the settlement activity and Israel’s passage this month of a law meant to retroactively legalise thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land.

He said the law “legitimises the theft of occupied Palestinian lands”.

Mr Abbas also cautioned against the transfer of any embassy to Jerusalem, a scenario raised by President Donald Trump.

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